Downtown El Cajon Business Partners’ Dinner & a Concert series

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Echoes of performer Scot Bruce’s Elvis voice sounded blocks away from El Cajon’s Prescott Promenade during the Dinner & a Concert series on July 18, from 6-8 p.m.

Cathy Zeman, Chairperson, with the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, who sponsored the event, estimated the turn out for the Scot Bruce/Elvis tribute was 1,500-2,000.

Echoes of performer Scot Bruce’s Elvis voice sounded blocks away from El Cajon’s Prescott Promenade during the Dinner & a Concert series on July 18, from 6-8 p.m.

Cathy Zeman, Chairperson, with the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, who sponsored the event, estimated the turn out for the Scot Bruce/Elvis tribute was 1,500-2,000.

“From the first Friday in May until the last Friday in September,” Zeman said of how long East County residents can enjoy coming out with their lawn chairs, dinner, and blankets to dance, watch, and enjoy a free musical event on a summer night.

The love for anything Elvis was evident with the twisting and maybe some twerking dancers crowding the front of the stage area with each song from Bruce. Ladies did a sidewalk shuffle dance near the back by the booths where popcorn and other items being sold.

Attendee and El Cajon resident John Pampell shared a quote from “The King” when he met him years earlier. “I hope my crotch don’t rip” was a concert standard the king always uttered when he executed his legendary low down hip movements. Pampell spent hours talking to Elvis at the Hilton Inn Bayside after he encountered Presley and Colonel Parker after a concert.

Give-aways, T-shirt throwing and East County pageant representatives all helped entertain the crowd in between sets. The concerts run from 6 – 8 p.m. 

Next up is Soul Persuaders on July 25 with the whole season’s line-up available at www.DowntownELCajon.com. Check their website for changes in their schedule or for more information.

Local restaurants also offer discounts for this popular event.  The association’s website lists which ones offer discounts. Or just pack your own dinner like John Pampell and the missus did.  The event is a no alcohol, no smoking activity; an activity that was started almost three years ago according to Zeman.

 “Elvis is still alive in El Cajon,” quipped volunteer Frank Lubak of the event. No hearts were broken in this “Heartbreak Hotel” song rendition thankfully other than when it ended.

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